After the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) convened a Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) earlier this school year, New Jersey’s 283,000 student athletes now have a voice on issues and concerns that affect their lives. Made up of 125 student-athletes from across the state, including 31 Student Ambassadors that guide it, the SAAC and has been meeting since August 2018.
While it has already discussed a variety of topics, one issue that has been brought up repeatedly is time. More specifically — there’s not enough of it. Between demanding course loads at school, the ever-increasing commitments of our sports schedules, and other extra-curricular activities, it’s harder than ever for us to do simple things such as spend time with our families, get enough sleep or just spend time hanging out with our friends. So, how do we solve this problem? We conducted surveys in order to get feedback from other student-athletes. More than 1,500 student-athletes from across the state responded to our questions. All survey responses were anonymous, and they are not attributable to any individual high school. Click below for those findings.